U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.68%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.68%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.68%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.85%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.82%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which rose 3.94% or 1.90 points to trade at 50.12 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 2.12% or 2.04 points to end at 98.24 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 1.68% or 3.40 points to 205.73 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which lost 0.54% or 0.31 points to trade at 57.56 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) declined 0.54% or 0.85 points to end at 157.91 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) shed 0.43% or 1.74 points to 401.95.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG ) which rose 8.33% to 75.31, Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FANG ) which was up 7.80% to settle at 81.58 and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO ) which gained 7.67% to close at 12.63.

The worst performers were Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN ) which was down 6.30% to 86.44 in late trade, Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: EA ) which lost 5.73% to settle at 137.04 and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX ) which was down 3.55% to 114.64 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were GreenSky LLC (NASDAQ: GSKY ) which rose 52.77% to 11.870, Indaptus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INDP ) which was up 52.05% to settle at 10.750 and Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ: ANY ) which gained 26.07% to close at 7.350.

The worst performers were Kaival Brands Innovations Group Inc (NASDAQ: KAVL ) which was down 42.13% to 2.610 in late trade, Sonim Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: SONM ) which lost 29.06% to settle at 0.3710 and Nuwellis Inc (NASDAQ: NUWE ) which was down 27.64% to 2.670 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2232 to 977 and 136 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2248 rose and 1323 declined, while 153 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.58% to 18.18.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.69% or 12.55 to $1794.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 3.07% or 2.16 to hit $72.62 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 2.51% or 1.85 to trade at $75.45 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.1815, while USD/JPY fell 0.28% to 109.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 92.468.

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